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November 14, 2008

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Roland Hodson

Ted, I just want you to know that I believe you are a brave, good and wise man. Reading your heartfelt and eloquent comments as your reflect on your life and consciously prepare yourself for death, I feel moved and encouraged to devote more of my time and attention to reflecting on these most important matters. It seems that at this moment, maybe most of us who love you and admire you are not paying much attention but one of the great things about blogging and keeping your journal on the web is that it will be semi eternal and that wherever I am in the world or whenever I feel like it I can come and reflect on your thoughts and your journey.

I was particularly moved by your piece on Fundamentalism and your struggle with your Dad as a young teenage and throughout your life and his. I often heard him reflecting on you and your spiritual struggle. Like your sister Pearl, my Mom, I too witnessed your Dad on his knees in prayer wrestling with the devil over the soul of someone he loved, most memorably in my case my sister. I can understand in a way that perhaps few others could the pain you described. I know my own sister felt the same pain and confusion in her own adolescent years that have left a life long imprint.

Like you, I too made my accommdation with the family and to this day continue to do so. In a way this semi public post is a sort of "coming out" for me but I wanted to post some act of solidarity with you in your struggle to find truth and meaning in your life and in your coming death.

It may be that due to divine intervention or my own technological incompetence this post may disappear into the ether but I want you to know that I am standing with you in love and want to encourage you to continue to document and record your thoughts and your reflections on your life. It seems it is doing you good and it is certainly an encouragement to me.

Your friend and nephew, Rip

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